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INEXPENSIVE BOOK    DISTRIBUTION    PROGRAM      (no    assigned    CFDA    number)

I.     PROGRAM PROFILE

Legislation: Section 583(b) of the Education Consolidation and Improve-
ment Act of 1981, P*L. 97-35, 20 U.S.C. 3851. (Expires September 30,
1987)

Funding Since 1980:

Fiscal  Year             Authorization                Appropriation

1980                   $ 10,000,000                  $    6,500,000

1981                       11,000,000                       5,850,000

1982                          I/                              5,850,000

1983                            T/                                 5,850,000

1984                             If                              6,500,000

Purpose: To support the distribution of inexpensive books to students
from preschool through high school age to help motivate them to learn to
read.

Method of Operation: The program is administered through a sole source
contract awarded to Reading is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF)

Autho rized Activlt1es: RIF allocates funds to local community associations
which then distribute the books. Community support through volunteer ac-
tivities by educators, parents, librarians, and business and civic leaders
is a key element of the program. Local projects may receive support of up
to 75 percent of the cost of book purchases and 100 percent of book costs
for migrant children. RIF also works with 137 book publishers and 202 dis-
tributors to provide discounts on books.

II.  RESPONSE TO GEPA 417(a)

A.  Goals and Objectives

For FY 1984, the Department's principal objective was to award the contract
to RIF, Inc., in a timely manner.

B.    Progress and Accomplishments

ED awarded the contract to RIF, Inc. as scheduled but at a lower amount than
planned. 21ance in obtaining